Antennas Direct ClearStream 2V Review

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Bottom Line

Antennas Direct ClearStream 2V is big and ugly, at least to most. But if all other indoor antenna options fail, it's your best bet for getting free over-the-air TV without resorting to a rooftop antenna.

Pros
  • Good performance
  • Works at distances up to and exceeding 50 miles
  • Covers UHF and VHF channels
Cons
  • Too large for many indoor situations
  • Directional

Breaking it down

Performance

It leaves smaller antennas in the dust. It comes as no surprise that this big antenna pulls in signals that are simply out of reach for more petite competitors. The Solid Signal Blog tests the ClearStream 2V against the Solid Signal HD-Blade (Est. $30) -- a Solid Signal-made flat antenna that's very similar in looks and performance to "mudflap" antennas such as the Channel Master Flatenna 35 (Est. $10) and the Mohu Leaf 30 (Est. $40) -- and finds that the 2V performs much better, even when mounted in a less-than-ideal orientation considering its somewhat directional design. It uses a dual loop mounted in front of a scatter plane reflector for UHF coverage, coupled with a VHF dipole (aka rabbit ears) for VHF reception. User reviews at Amazon.com and BestBuy.com are ample and largely positive -- roughly 92 percent of the more than 1,360 owners posting at BestBuy.com say they would recommend the ClearStream 2V to a friend.

Aesthetics

Maybe your friends and loved ones will think it's a modern sculpture. Speaking realistically, you need to really want to have an indoor antenna for TV reception to consider the ClearStream 2V a welcome addition to your viewing room. Its large size (20 by 35.5 by 6.5 inches) is impossible to miss in plain sight, though if luck (and the direction to your local broadcast towers) is with you, you might be able to tuck it behind a piece of furniture or your TV. If outdoor mounting is a possibility, the ClearStream 2V is also designed for outdoor use. Another popular alternative is to mount this antenna in an attic.

Value

It's a balancing act. For the money, no other TV antenna in its reception class performs better. However, there are certainly trade-offs in terms of aesthetics if you are considering using the ClearStream 2V for indoor use. If you live in an area where signals are reasonably strong, a smaller, much easier to hide, and less-expensive antenna such as the ClearStream Eclipse (Est. $55) or even the Channel Master Flatenna 35 (Est. $10) could do the trick. In areas where even the ClearStream 2V won't work, a large, roof-mounted antenna could be you next best option.

Our Sources

1. The Solid Signal Blog

Hands On with the Antennas Direct ClearStream 2V, Part 2: Indoor Test, Stuart Sweet, Oct. 22, 2012

The Antennas Direct ClearStream 2V is compared to a flat antenna -- the Solid Signal HD-Blade. Though the ClearStream 2V is placed in a position that does not maximize its performance, it clearly pulled in more signals.

2. TheWirecutter.com

The Best Indoor HDTV Antenna , Grant Clauser, Nov. 15, 2016

Though it doesn't earn a recommendation here, the Antennas Direct ClearStream 2V is included among the antennas tested by TheWirecutter.com. Grant Clauser doesn't think that the aesthetic is really a fit in a viewing room, and reports that the antenna didn't pull in nearby signals any better than the small antennas they liked better. However, he does concede that "When pointed in the right direction, it's capable of pulling in stations from a longer distance."

3. BestBuy.com

Antennas Direct - ClearStream 2V Long-Range HDTV Antenna - Black/Silver, Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of January 2017

More than 1,360 users weigh in on the Antennas Direct ClearStream 2V at BestBuy.com. Satisfaction is high; while the antenna does not please everyone, it earns a recommendation from 92 percent of users, and a 4.4-star rating.

4. Amazon.com

ClearStream 2V Indoor/Outdoor HDTV Antenna with Mount - 60 Mile Range, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2017

Though Amazon.com lumps together reviews of other, very different antennas -- such as the Antennas Direct ClearStream Eclipse Amplified Indoor Antenna -- the majority of the just over 1,450 reviews here are for the ClearSteam 2V. Again, satisfaction runs very high -- especially relative to most other HDTV antennas with large amounts of feedback -- and more than 75 percent of owners rate it either 5 stars or 4 stars.